Families overwhelmed by community support

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Two families whose houses burned in the 17,000-acre grassfire Sunday say they’re overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of kindness from the community. James and Roxie Lofton lost their home of 30 years, and their land, which had been certified wildlife habitat, was damaged. Steve and Alisha Robertson and their 14-year-old daughter, Kasserine, lost the […]

ENMRSH helps families dealing with autism

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Saul Duenas’ favorite subject at James Bickley Elementary is mathematics and he enjoys Mexican guitar music. When he grows up, he wants to be a restaurant manager like his father. But last week, he wanted to be a singer or a dentist. In essence, people around him say, Saul is just like any other 10-year-old […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Portales past: Dec. 19, 1941

Dec. 19, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Two more radiograms arrived from Roosevelt County men serving with the Army in the Philippines. One message was from Carl Stirman to Mrs. J.H. Bond, and the other from Vernon to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ginnings, assuring their families they were all right.

Students holding food drive

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Argen Duncan Two groups of Eastern New Mexico University students are reaching out to Portales families with food for Thanksgiving. The Voices of Inclusive and Committed Education Students club and the Communications 202 class are collecting Thanksgiving food for seven, possibly eight, Portales families, said VOICES treasurer Jaime Silva. This is the second year VOICES […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Sibling rivalry gets better with age

Russell Anglin Sunday marked one of those rare instances when my nuclear and extended families could get together and relax for a minute or two. Having somehow awoke at a reasonable time Sunday morning at my grandma’s house in Dora, I had the chance to join my stepdad, little brother and grandpa as they made […]

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

Floyd grad starts mission to help needy with transportation

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A Floyd High graduate has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of one, started Wheels of Love, a program that provides vehicles to families who need transportation but can’t afford it. Hunt, who now lives in Farwell, said she got the idea after placing […]

Wednesday morning briefing: School’s out and celebrating families

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School news Are you wondering about what’s going on in Portales Municipal Schools? Check out the district’s online calendar: http://www.portalesschools.com/calendar.htm School’s out There will be no class for students in Clovis Municipal Schools on Friday for parent teacher conferences. The conferences will be held in […]